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Poster: angular Date: Jun 12, 2009 2:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: iTunes deleting files? (non-Dead)

Set your Ipod to "manage music manually" that way you do not have to have the music on your hard drive. It will not delete or sync your music unless you are adding music (then it will only sync what you are adding).This is found on the main Ipod screen. You can clear your library and still have your music. Of course in case of crash, I have an external drive with all my music on it.

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Poster: high flow Date: Jun 12, 2009 3:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: iTunes deleting files? (non-Dead)

Speaking of crash. A friend I play hoops w/ is in a local band. They have been recording an album for the last 8 weeks or so. Justin came to hoops on Monday and told the sad story that all of the band's hard work was erased in one errant key stroke. I feel really bad for the guy.

The upside for the Perpetual Drifters?

1. Their recording sessions, which were now nothing more than practices(rehearsals), were played like games. So, in theory, they'll play better this time around.

2. This will never happen again.

I told Justin to hand out flash drives containing the files and to tell his friends, "you may have this and listen at your leisure, but if I need it back........".

Let this be a lesson to any of you who love what you collect, but fail to protect.

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Poster: jackstraw86 Date: Jun 13, 2009 8:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: iTunes deleting files? (non-Dead)

Thank you all for your replies. I'm pretty sure I'm copying my files from myu hard disk into iTunes, not moving them, but who knows, the files are gone. However, something you mentioned sounds really good, the setting for manually managing my music (like the alliteration?) Anyway, I searched all through my iPod and iTunes and cannot find a way to do this. My iPod is quite old, not sure how old it is but I found it ina parking lot over 2 years ago. It's a 30 gigger and maybe it's jsut too old to have that setting? Anyway, I'm slowly finding other sources for the music I lost and I've moved up my priority of getting an external terabyte drive to back up all my music and photos.

Thanks again!

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Poster: veblen Date: Jun 13, 2009 9:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: iTunes deleting files? (non-Dead)

quite the contrary, the older the ipod it seems the more "manual" the process.

Basically the exclamation point means that iTunes cannot locate the file for that item (i.e., it has been moved, deleted, or renamed or something). If you know the file's location then you can re-load it into iTunes (either by clicking and dragging from the folder onto the iTunes Library, or by using the menu "add file").

If you haven't already done so, I would suggest asking the questions in the apple support forum. More than once I have had success there with problems/issues. Plus, outside of the product specific forum you can also pull your model's user manual and do your own troubleshooting.

here is a link to get songs back on an ipod:


btw: I have a first generation that is still going strong though it is the worst designed battery that I have ever used. when plug-in for recharging it charges from zero, meaning it drops all charges and proceeds to fully charge from no charge. This has lead to so many headaches...